Sunday, March 09, 2014

Carving Reconciliation

Tony Hunt Jr and Allan

Well, there will be no coordinated national inquiry into the disappearance of hundreds of First Nations women across the country, despite the agreement of most provincial premiers that it should happen. The study results were released to parliament on Friday with no recommendation for a commission of inquiry.

Our United Church of Canada has supported the creation of this commission, but the calls from many quarters have gone unheeded.

I was encouraged last week to see one symbolic choice made by a congregation in Victoria BC, FirstMet, which I have visited on a number of occasions. In keeping with the United Church commitment to work toward "right relations" FirstMet made its sanctuary, the space where the congregation worships, available to aboriginal artist Tony Hunt Jr. to carve a totem pole because he was having trouble finding enough elbow room to create this ambitious project.

I love it! The sanctuary at FirstMet has been filled with the fragrance of cedar as Hunt worked toward completion. It was there for everyone in the congregation to see, and there was plenty of outside attention drawn to this act of reconciliation and creativity

What do you think of this initiative? Could it happen in your church?


Judy Mcknight said...

Great idea - but we have a choir member who is allergic to tree bark !

David Mundy said...

True, but he doesn't have to eat the totem pole!(like cinnamon.) I love the unconventional aspect of this initiative.